T&T Opens in Ottawa

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It was mass hysteria in the Ottawa Chinese Community.
Why? It was the grand opening of T&T Supermarket. For those that don’t know its a large Asian supermarket chain. Mostly catering for the chinese/asian community that you can’t get in normal supermarkets.
I went with my mom and there were already people waiting in line just to get into this supermarket.
The supermarket is located on Hunt Club/Riverside.

I thought it was going to open at 9:30am but found out on the sign that it was a open ceremony and the actual doors opening was at 10:30am.
It was a cold day and people were kind of getting restless. I find it funny hearing the chinese people say a snarky comment in chinese which I understood IE its too cold out, we have to wait outside, what’s taking so long and etc.

There was a lion dance performance which I think took mostly the 1 hour.
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Finally the doors opened and it was basically insanity.
Felt like Boxing Day but mostly for Chinese people.
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Thought it was funny that while the Lion Dance was happening and moving to the other side of the building, alot of people were bringing in the shopping cart.
Finally got in by just going under the red line.
No doubt that it was big.
I didn’t get what I wanted to buy considering the vast of people going crazy for they want to get.
The only things missing from the ones in Toronto is the assorted bean curds they have which I went back on Sunday and they finally have it now.

I noticed alot of media was: A Channel, CTV (CJOH) and CBC Ottawa.
Felt like everyone from the chinese community of Ottawa came for this grand opening.
Made me wonder if Somerset was a ghost town while all the chinese people went T&T crazy.
Alot of people are worried now that with T&T Somerset will lose alot of business.
But I can see hipster people who live on Somerset will shop at some of the stores but the Asian community who don’t live on Somerset won’t drive up to Somerset. With parking so hard to find and more people living in suburban areas.
Its a great supermarket.
Just the location where it is place kind of baffles me which is right near a aviation camp.
Wow for T&T


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